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Fishing for a New Bone Marrow Transplant Model

Animal models are useful for testing and developing future treatments and procedures before they are tried in humans. Before bone marrow transplants were first tried clinically in the 1950′s for the treatment of radiation poisoning or leukemia, they had already been shown to work in rats, dogs, and primates. But even after the proven success […]

Linkage 4/22: Nuclear Lessons, Cancer Genomes, DES’ Legacy

The University of Chicago is the birthplace of nuclear energy. So like proud but concerned parents, UChicago has kept a close eye on the benefits and challenges of nuclear power over the years since the first self-sustained nuclear reaction under Stagg Field. Thus, the battle to manage the consequences of the damaged reactors at the […]

Insurance Against Health Disparities

There are many different stakeholders in fixing the runaway costs of the U.S. health care system, including patients, doctors, hospitals, and the federal government. Another interested party, heavily involved in recent debates over health care reform, is the health insurance industry. As the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rolls out in the coming years, […]

The Influence of Healthy and Unhealthy Streets

It’s no big secret that one of the keys to good health is getting regular exercise. Yet good intentions are often thwarted by factors outside of one’s control. A person might decide to jog or bike several times a week, but if the neighborhood outside their door is not conducive to physical activity, it can […]

Small Screen, Big Quality Improvement

By Dianna Douglas The benefits of measuring body mass index (BMI) are clear: a physician who knows a patient’s BMI is more likely to counsel her on lifestyle changes, and people are more likely to try diet and exercise on a doctor’s advice. But in the often-rushed environment of the clinic, even the quick calculations […]

Linkage 4/15: TEDxUChicago, Chomsky Wrong?, Big Bangs

TED Comes to Campus This weekend, the students of the University of Chicago are putting together a local edition of the renowned TED conference called TEDxUChicago. The theme, “Reinventing the Life of the Mind,” nicely blends the goals of TED and the University, the idea-sharing mission of the conference sutured to the intellectual spirit of […]

One Foot in Front of the Other

There are few biological functions that we take for granted more than gait, the intricate symphony of motion that happens almost automatically when we walk or run. Gait is programmed deep into the nervous system of animals, an activity so robust that it is maintained even when large segments of brain are removed. Those crude, […]

The Flight of the UCAN Nurses

At ScienceLife HQ, we often hear the loud roar of the hospital helicopter as it takes off on urgent duty. In this article that originally appeared in the Medical Center publications Newsfront and Forefront, Cheryl L. Reed writes about what motivates and amazes the nurses who fly those missions. You can watch a video version […]

The Genetics of Normal

In the 11 years since the blueprint of human life was decoded by the Human Genome Project, much of the focus has been on when those instructions fail. Scientists have used our newfound genetic knowledge to look for the roots of common and rare diseases, the gene or genes that can increase the risk of […]

Linkage 4/8: Exciting Bumps, Shutdown Ripples

In physics, there’s nothing better than an unexpected result. Wednesday, Fermilab scientists unveiled the graph at left and caused figurative rioting in the streets of the physics community, confirming months of rumors about an exciting new result from the suburban Chicago facility (You can watch video of the presentation here). It’s a big score in […]

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